November 2008. The smokers’ room of a bar. Downtown Durban. Aircon, Aluminum, Smoke. We are not at “Berea Bar”. But this is the place Similo talks about. It’s one of his favourite places in Durban; and it’s a no-go-zone of sorts. He explains why and tells some of the stories of its patrons. Similo is a young film-maker from the Transkai now based in Durban. He continues with a story from the Durban music and poetry scene. The conversation occurred after the picketing of an Imbiso in Albert Park in support of the refugees living in the park (at http://www.archive.org/details/DurbanSings_164 is a recording of Similo’s statement at the Imbiso).
The clips are actually two unedited footage takes cut into nine clips.
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